Ana­conda irked by lack of fights

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World Box­ing Fed­er­a­tion (WBF) fe­male ban­tamweight cham­pion Bukiwe “Ana­conda” Non­ina is grow­ing in­creas­ingly frus­trated at not get­ting any fights. She also fears los­ing her ti­tle for be­ing in­ac­tive. Non­ina has not fought in al­most four months – since win­ning the then va­cant WBF crown by beat­ing Ger­man Ale­sia “Ti­gress” Graf by a unan­i­mous points de­ci­sion at Oliver Tambo Sports Cen­tre in Khayelit­sha, West­ern Cape, on March 31.

The boxer says she was promised reg­u­lar ac­tion af­ter sign­ing a con­tract in De­cem­ber to fight un­der the ban­ner of pro­moter Si­bongile Matiti of Zbashy Pro­mo­tions. But no fights have come her way.

Her fight with Graf was staged by Ger­man box­ing im­pre­sario Uwe Hück.

“I was promised reg­u­lar ac­tion when I signed with Zbashy, but noth­ing has been said by them about a match yet,” said Non­ina.

“I’m in the dark as to when my next fight will be. I run the risk of los­ing my belt for be­ing in­ac­tive,” said Non­ina, adding that the si­lence about her next fight was “re­ally frus­trat­ing”.

Ac­cord­ing to the WBF rules, she may be stripped of the cham­pi­onship belt if she does not de­fend it within nine months of her win.

Ar­guably the coun­try’s most ac­com­plished fe­male fighter, the Du­tywa, Eastern Cape fighter has suc­cess­fully de­fended her South African ti­tle five times. She re­lin­quished it af­ter as­cend­ing the WBF throne. A peeved Matiti said Non­ina would be fight­ing in North West in Septem­ber. Then she hung up the phone.

The boxer’s trainer, Em­manuel Mu­tavhatsindi, said: “If the pro­moter does not de­liver on the prom­ise she made to us when we signed, it will be bet­ter for us to re­main with­out a pro­moter.”

Ana­conda has had 11 wins, three de­feats and a draw from 15 pro­fes­sional fights.

PHOTO: TEBOGO LETSIE

UNSATISFIED Bukiwe Non­ina says she is not get­ting any fights

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